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Beyond Will and Grace

When considering the issue of homosexuality, we must push past the will and grace of primetime to embrace the will and grace of God.

Texts: Genesis 1:1–2:28; Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13; Romans 1:24–26; 1 Corinthians 6:9
Topic: What should we think about homosexuality?

Introduction

Several recent events have brought the issue of homosexuality to our attention. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that bans homosexual sodomy, declaring: "the State cannot demean a homosexual person'sexistence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime." People with a same sex orientation celebrated the decisions as a step toward legitimacy and liberation. Others lamented the decision as a step toward dismantling marriage and family.

About the same time, Ontario became the third Canadian province to declare traditional marriage laws were discriminatory and unconstitutional, and a week later, the Canadian cabinet set in motion a national policy that appears to pave the way for same-sex unions.

In July, the Episcopal Church U.S.A. approved the election of a bishop in New Hampshire who is openly homosexual and living in partnership with another man.

In addition to these political and ecclesiastical developments, network and cable TV have brought us a new wave of programming that celebrates the gay lifestyle—shows like Boy Meets Boy and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

A week doesn't go by without a leading news story on the changing cultural landscape regarding homosexuality and its place in American society and consciousness. If you're like me, more than once you find yourself reading an article or listening to a story, and you think, "How am Isupposed to feel about these things? Do we have the right to set boundaries around human behavior andrelationships? If so, where do we draw those boundaries? ...

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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

How are Christians to respond to the issue of homosexuality?

I. The people behind the issues

II. Beyond Will and Grace

III. God's will

IV. God's grace

Conclusion

May the beauty of our lives and relationships give people a vision of God's purpose for their lives and relationships.